A groundbreaking law aimed at halting high levels of violence against women was officially made public in March 2011 following approval five months before by the overwhelming majority of members of the national legislative assembly.
The First Comprehensive Law for a Life Free of Violence against Women (Ley Especial para una Vida Libre de Violencia para las Mujeres) contains 61 articles to uphold the rights of women through policies on detection and prevention of violence, and victim assistance and protection, among other measures.
The law punishes all forms of violence against women: from female murders (with 20-35 years of imprisonment for those convicted), to mocking, disparaging or isolation of women in their workplaces, communities or schools (with fines of between 2-25 times the national monthly minimum wage or through community work). The law came into force in 2012.
Source of Information
UNDP Website: http://content.undp.org/go/newsroom/2011/march/el-salvador-women-in-parliament-unite-on-new-law-against-violence.en; Website of the Observatorio de la Violencia de Género contra las Mujeres